California regulators approve the world’s biggest battery projects

CPUC has signed off on four lithium-ion battery projects in California, one of which at 300 MW is the largest battery project to date known by pv magazine.

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NantEnergy acquires Sharp’s U.S. energy systems & services

Zinc battery specialist NantEnergy has acquired the U.S. energy systems and services business from Japanese electronics giant Sharp. The acquisition, according to NantEnergy will provide the company an important foothold in the U.S. market, and allow it to provide ‘energy as a service’ business models, using its Zinc-air battery, in multiple markets.

Pro-clean energy candidates for governor identified by AEE win 7 “open” elections

The new governors favor policies such as a higher renewables mandate, community solar, increased use of storage, and expanding the Western grid, reports the nonprofit Advanced Energy Economy.

Coal decline is good news, but solar will fight for its share against gas

10 GW of coal plants have already retired this year, and this is expected to hit 15.4 GW by the year’s end. But solar will have to compete with the “rush to gas” to replace this capacity.

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After more than a decade, the 500 MW Palen Solar Project is approved

EDF Renewables has gotten final approval from the Bureau of Land Management to move forward on its 500 MW-AC / 627 MW-DC solar power facility in Riverside County, California.

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SolarYellowPages.com connects California homeowners with industry experts

The website puts solar professionals at the fingertips of Californians, with rankings and reviews to ensure the best fit.

Demand-side flexibility: helping solve solar’s curtailment conundrum

This op-ed by WattTime takes a look at solutions to solar curtailment, including new software to enable greater demand-side flexibility.

Special coverage of energy storage markets & technology, courtesy of pv magazine

pv magazine brings you a special edition devoted to the fast-growing energy storage space, including a look at its thornier challenges.

SunPower still swinging in Q3 results

The high efficiency PV maker is still chasing elusive profitability, but had some major successes this quarter and is optimistic about new technologies and opportunities.

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Community solar+storage is still rock and roll to me

Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community have signed 15 year power contracts with Recurrent Energy on a 150 MW-AC + 180 MWh solar+storage plant.

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